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Football in Saudi Arabia: Christiano Ronaldo makes a lackluster competitive debut for Al Nassr FC


Won but not brilliant: Cristiano Ronaldo was denied spectacular scenes and a goal in his first competitive game in Saudi Arabia. His club is still the leader of the table.

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Cristiano Ronaldo makes his first competitive appearance for his new club

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Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has made a successful debut for Al Nassr FC.

The 37-year-old Portuguese led his new club as captain to a 1-0 (1-0) win against Al-Ettifaq with former Bundesliga pros Robin Quaison (FSV Mainz 05) and Marcel Tisserand (VfL Wolfsburg and FC Ingolstadt).

This puts Al Nassr further ahead of Al-Hilal at the top of the table in Saudi Arabia.

The busy but hapless Ronaldo failed to score a goal in the first competitive game, the winning goal was scored by the 28-year-old Brazilian Talisca (31st minute).

He climbed up from a cross from Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem and headed past Paulo Victor, the away goalkeeper.

Al-Ettifaq's attackingly harmless midfield team created a couple of good opportunities in the second half at Msool Park but missed the equaliser.

Ronaldo's most spectacular move was an attempt at a side kick just before the end of the game, but it didn't endanger the opposing goal.

200 million euros per season

The five-time world footballer switched to Al Nassr in winter, where he signed a contract for two and a half years.

According to media reports, including advertising revenue, he should get the equivalent of around 200 million euros per season.

In the first two league games he had to serve a ban from England.

He made his debut last Thursday in a friendly between Ronaldo's club and rivals Al-Hilal against French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite two goals from the Portuguese, PSG with world champion Lionel Messi finally won 5: 4 in front of 70,000 spectators.


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2023-01-22

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